Sunday, June 12, 2005

National employees allege discrimination :: Gulf News

Many UAE nationals say they are discriminated against not only in the private sector but also in government and semi-government sectors as well.

They questioned the law which, they said, should make work an inherent right of UAE nationals in their own country. Discrimination is blatant among UAE nationals in local government companies, said a UAE employee.
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Under the UAE labour law, work shall be an inherent right of UAE nationals. If national employees are not available, preference in employment shall be given to Arab workers and then to workers of other nationalities.

Companies should be impartial and objective in selecting workers, a labour official said.

"The UAE constitution provides for equality before the law without regard to race, nationality or social status," Dr Al Rokn, a human rights activist, said.

"It prohibits discrimination in every aspect of the employment relationship, including hiring, firing, promotions, job training or any other employment term," Dr Al Rokn added.

Two comments:

1. There is a contradiction here: It is impossible to give preference to nationals before others, and at the same time provide "equality before the law without regard to ... nationality...."

2. What is the meaning of "work shall be the inherent right of UAE nationals"? If a UAE national applies for a job and is not hired has this right been violated? Is a job an entitlement, and, if so, who is obliged to fulfill this entitlement? If a job is an entitlement, then nationals operate under a different system of incentives than nonnationals; economic theory would predict their work effort would be different because their incentives are different. We're all human after all.


Blogger Keefieboy said...

Your comments show you are a genius! It's a tough old world, though, when you cannot get any kind of job at all - I wonder why that would be?

8:11 PM  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I fully agree: a job is never a right, it is something you earn by your skills, qualification and dedication. If they are encoding this misconception into law it bodes very ill.

An Indonesian expat wrote this in a forum I joined recently:

hubby have a local attachment in his working place, he suppose to train him to take over his position in 3 years time (Qatarization). But he can't ask this guy to wear any safety boot ... (he said that he have a poorly toe), can't ask him to wear a safety hat (he said he have a headache) ... and he is just too fat and won't fit to any tank (my hubby job is doing tanks inspection), cant part him off from his mobile phone, can drag him out from his desk, leave alone try to ask him to go on site... And only work 6 hrs a day.

2:27 PM  

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